One-Pot Spaghetti with Sausage

One-Pot Spaghetti

This was such a novel way to cook spaghetti, and it was so easy and satisfying that it’s definitely now a part of my repertoire. You can vary the taste of the dish based on which Field Roast sausage you choose. For a mild taste that my preschooler likes, I recommend their smoked apple sage. Older kids and adults would love the zip of the Italian variety.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 Field Roast sausages, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped mushrooms
  • 14 ounces vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 8 oz spaghetti, broken into pieces
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the sausage and mushrooms; cook for 5 minutes, until browned.
  2. Add the broth, water, tomato paste, and Italian seasoning; bring to a boil.
  3. Add the spaghetti pieces, and return to a boil. Continue to boil for 15 minutes, until the spaghetti is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.

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How to Make Pennies Turn Green

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We’re on winter break and the science fun continues! With this easy experiment, you’ll create a simple chemical reaction – and help explain to your kids why the once copper-colored Statue of Liberty is now green!

The project was fun from start to finish because first we had to break into Travis’s piggy bank. This meant using a screwdriver (under careful adult supervision of course). We separated out the pennies from the rest of the coins, making it a quick lesson in currency denominations too.

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Place your pennies in a bowl covered with a paper towel.

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Pour white vinegar into the bowl, making sure the paper towel is completely saturated.

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Now observe! We were surprised when the first penny had green spots after only a few hours.

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The next morning, several of them were quite green!

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I honestly have no idea why some of the pennies turned green and others did not, but here’s what’s happening: The metal copper and the acid in the vinegar react with oxygen, and form a new blue material, called malachite.

Make sure to observe under a magnifying glass, too!

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